Susanna was following her love for art history when she began working with film, and eventually studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She graduated in 2012 and was happy to return to Western Pennsylvania and settle in Pittsburgh after years of moving. She paints in a loosely figurative, textural style, and is inspired by indecipherable sights and senses: images that are glimpsed out of the corner of the eye, or occur below our level of awareness.
Title: “Bone Meal”
21.5” X 21.5”
Tooth enamel and charcoal on sandpaper
Teeth are covered in the hardest tissue the body creates. Use will mark and wear them down, leaving a physical portrait of our health. This drawing uses tooth enamel (the waste product of excessive calcium and most intrinsic tool of the body) to depict a classic birthday cake. The tooth is destroyed but recycled into a representation of its own raw materials: time and sustenance.